Nativity of the Lord

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Gerard van Honthorst

The Greatest Love Offers the Greatest Gift

“I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Merry Christmas! I love holidays. I love family. The two just seem to go together, don’t they?. Some holidays are joyful gatherings, some less so. We are all too human, as the saying goes. But I say, give me holidays and family any day; warts and all! […]

Daily Reflection — As We Approach the Crib

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah wanted an explanation from God and his disbelief had its consequences: […]

"Shrine of the Nativity in Bethlehem" by David Roberts

Daily Reflection — Inner Strength

“Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations. Before the mountains were born, the earth and the world brought forth, from eternity to eternity you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2). From eternity to eternity… Christmas Day fast approaches in just a few days. Still for many people there are many things left undone that shout for our attention. The question […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:16-20

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering […]

"Nativity of Christ" by Rohden

Making Our Hearts a Crib

St. John Vianney always loved the major feasts of our faith, but Christmas in particular filled him with extraordinary joy. In the tiny baby Jesus lying in the manger; the Curé of Ars saw enfleshed the amazing extent of God’s love and the central lines of his plan to save us. On [this] Christmas Eve, it’s fitting for us to […]

Daily Quote from the Prophet Isaiah

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as people make merry when dividing spoils. “For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, […]

Making Christmas Come Alive

In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were […]

Remembering the Holy Innocents

Remembering the Holy Innocents By Leticia Velasquez [December 28, 2010 – Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs] It is disruptive to our tranquil Christmas meditations to have this commemoration of King Herod’s slaughter of the baby boys of Bethlehem come so closely on the heels of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.  We want to linger in the […]